Robert Begin

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October 4, 1925 - July 1, 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11 a.m.. Springfield Covenant Presbyterian Church


Robert E. Begin, age 88, of Oakwood Village, Springfield, Ohio, died July 1st 2014. Bob was born in Sidney, Ohio to Joseph D. Begin and LaDonna R. (Cleckner) Begin on October 4th, 1925. After living in Urbana, Ohio, the family moved to Hamilton, Ohio, where he graduated from high school. He served in the U.S. navy as a 2nd class sonar man aboard the destroyer William D. Porter and patrol craft USS PCE 881 during WWII. After the navy he graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and spent his working life of 40 years as an engineer. He retired from North American-Rockwell and Wright Patterson AFB in 1990. He married Grace L. Beeken in Hamilton in 1947 and they had three sons. Grace died in 1994 and Bob remarried in 1995 to Gloria (Wenger) Schuler; a long time friend of both Grace’s and Bob’s. Bob loved serious music and played clarinet in the Kettering, Ohio, Civic Band for over 30 years and sang in numerous choirs and choruses. He organized and, for over 12 years, directed the Springfield Elderly United chorus the ”Vintage Voices”. Bob is survived by son’s Mark Begin (Debbie Burns), Kevin Begin (Svetlana Begin), and Dan Begin (Leslie Wilsong); his twin brother Jerry (Norma) Begin and younger brother Dave (Sally) Begin. He is preceded in death by his wives, Grace and Gloria. Private famliy inurnment will be held at Blendon Central Cemetery in Westerville, Ohio where he and Grace raised their family and where her cremains are buried. A memorial service will be held at Springfield Covenant Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Limestone Street, Springfield, OH on Thursday, July 10th at 11 am. Donations may be made to Covenant church or Springfield Elderly United in lieu of flowers. Condolences at


Linda Meyer - Jul 8, 2014

Sorry for your loss. I’ll never sing “Silent Night” without thinking of your dad.

Harold Amspoker - Jul 8, 2014

Sorry to read of Bob’s passing. Memories of a childhood and neighbor long ago will be remembered.

Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC - Jul 7, 2014

God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today.”Fair winds and following seas”. Thank YOU for your service,PO2nd.Class Begin…And Semper Fi.

John Bierley - Jul 5, 2014

So sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. I have such fond memories of the times we shared with our music. He was extremely close with my parents as a result of the years together in the North American Concert Band. Following his move to Dayton, Bob and I coordinated a joint concert between the Centerville Band and the (newly formed) Westerville Community Band. I was so grateful for his visit to my parent’s house following my father’s heart attack. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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